Mass graves in Mexico investigated:
Another mass grave was discovered near the town of Iguala in the Mexican state of Guerrero, where 43 students went missing last month. A forensic team is working to identify the bodies. Mexican authorities have discovered more than 10 mass graves since their search for the students began. 56 people have been arrested in connection with the students’ disappearance and suspected murders.
Gaza buffer zone:
The Egyptian army began construction on a buffer zone on the Sinai-Gaza border this week. The decision for a buffer zone follows a suicide attack at a checkpoint in northeast Sinai that left 31 soldiers dead. The zone will force the evacuation of 10,000 residents, some of whom have already left voluntarily. It will extend the entire eight-mile length of the border and is set to be completed by the end of the year.
An unmanned NASA rocket exploded on launch on Tuesday, Oct. 28. The rocket contained thousands of pounds of food and supplies as well as “classified cryptographic equipment” for the International Space Station.
Zambian president death: President of Zambia Michael Sata died on Wednesday, Oct. 29, of an undisclosed illness. Vice President Guy Scott has been appointed interim president. He becomes the first white president of a sub-Saharan African country since the end of apartheid. He will likely serve only until elections. The Zambian constitution requires elections to be held within 90 days.
Earhart plane fragment:
A fragment of aluminum found in 1991 has been identified as a piece of Amelia Earhart’s plane. The piece was discovered on Nikumaroro, Kiribati, an uninhabited island in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. According to the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), the piece is an important key to finding the remainder of the wreckage. They will send an expedition to the island in June 2015.
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